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Post by PilotNut on Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:38 am

PilotNut wrote:Starting with the 2014-15 season through now (pre-USD game tonight), Coach Sorenson's program is a combined 7-53 (0.1167) in WCC play, not counting 3 consecutive first round losses in the WCC Tournament (the Pilots were the #10 seed all 3 years).   pale

Are there any compelling arguments that the program is getting better?  The current state of this once-proud program is very disappointing...

Through the end of the season, the disappointment continued.  The team's record under the current coaching staff if 10-63 (0.137), with a 4th consecutive first round loss in the WCC tourney, and a 4th consecutive #10 seed.  Let that sink in.  pale

I know the team works hard and puts in a lot of effort, and I do not mean disrespect our student athletes.  And yes, the team showed some life in the win over SMC this season (but that is 1 game in 5 years?).  The state of this program continues to be unacceptable, however.  Shouldn't we be setting our expectations higher than dead last?  I certainly hope there is change in the works, and soon--how can this be allowed to continue?

I would like to hear if anyone has other thoughts on this, because in my opinion it is a shame that this once proud program has been in this condition for this long.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:55 pm

PilotNut wrote:I would like to hear if anyone has other thoughts on this, because in my opinion it is a shame that this once proud program has been in this condition for this long.
There was a time when Mrs. DD and I would go to every home game and even travel with the team on occasion, including a couple of NCAA Tournament trips, but now we attend no more than a couple of games a year.

But face it, the program rose and hit it's peak when Kelly Graves was the assistant coach, and then began to decline after he left for, first SMC, then GU, and now UO, all below average programs that took off under Kelly's guidance and became NCAA Tounament teams.  So the simple answer is UP needs another recruiter and coach like Kelly, but it's probably not that simple in reality.

Because I consider myself a friend of Coach Sorenson and her wonderful family, I won't comment on her ability as a recruiter and coach except to comment that she was selected to guide a declining program, and along with her staff, is improving the program....little by little.

Coach Sorenson has one more year remaining on her current contract.
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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:12 pm

Let me know when the program is fully funded.
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Post by PilotNut on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:07 pm

My thoughts are not meant to be personal--I do not know Coach Sorenson...  my comments are based on the results, period, which I don't think anyone should be happy about.

If coming in dead last annually is considered acceptable, what message does that send?

If the program is not fully funded, why not?

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:44 pm

We have coach Sorenson because nobody else would come here to a program that has been historically undermanned, understaffed, and underfunded. When it’s time o replace her, what will change?

The EADA database hows 13 scholarships this year, which is the most I recall. At one point last year it was 10. For comparison, D2 limit is 10, NAIA division 1 is 11, and JC is 15 scholarships.


Getting rid of her does nothing unless there is a change of mindset on priorities.

And stop talking about getting people like Kelly.
The EADA database shows that total expenses for the program last year was $302.000. That covers just 60% of Kelly’s salary when he was hired at UofO. He gets more than we pay our men’s coach.

He will no doubt be getting a Raise.
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Post by PilotNut on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:00 pm

Increasing funding for the program is huge--I completely agree.

But if no one ever pushes for it, it will never happen. We need to increase expectations and our support, and stop just hoping that the next season will be any different.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:51 pm

Or comparison, in the column that says we spend $302,000 , Gonzaga spends $847,000
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Post by PilotNut on Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:58 pm

So, shouldn't we be lobbying to increase the support for the program?

Other schools have figured this out...

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:53 pm

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), recently announced the WBCA "Thirty Under 30" list that recognizes 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship, professional manner, and professional association involvement.

Among the 14 D1 honorees is UP Assistant Coach Drew Muscatell, who just completed his third year on the Bluff.  Could be Drew will one day be the next Kelly Graves at UP.... Shocked



https://wbca.org/about/press-releases/wbca-names-2018-thirty-under-30-honorees
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:51 am

DoubleDipper wrote:Among the 14 D1 honorees is UP Assistant Coach Drew Muscatell, who just completed his third year on the Bluff.  Could be Drew will one day be the next Kelly Graves at UP.... Shocked
Drew was presented his award this morning in Columbus, Ohio at the Women's Final Four....
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:37 am

DoubleDipper wrote:Among the 14 D1 honorees is UP Assistant Coach Drew Muscatell, who just completed his third year on the Bluff.  Could be Drew will one day be the next Kelly Graves at UP.... Shocked

Well, if Drew is to be the next Kelly Graves at UP, he'll have to return someday.

Drew has taken an assistant's position with the Idaho Women's Basketball program.  More responsibility and more $$ were apparently a couple of the incentives.

Not only are UP WBB players upset at his leaving, so are a number of his hair stylist girlfriend's clients, as she will be going to Moscow with him. Evil or Very Mad
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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri May 18, 2018 12:00 am

Tiffany Gibson has left her position as the Women's Director of Basketball Operations and is now an assistant coach with the team.

Already called "Coach Tiffany" by just about everyone, Tiffany has been the DOBO for the past three years after spending three years as an assistant coach at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

Prior to her time in Stockton, Tiffany was an assistant at Cal State Stanislaus, and prior to that she was a volunteer assistant at Cal State Hayward (now CS Bay Area) and at Cal.  

From what I've seen, Coach Tiffany has earned the respect of her fellow coaches and players during her time on the Bluff, and will be a welcome addition on the court and during recruiting.

Welcome back to coaching, Coach!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:03 pm

First it was assistant Drew Muscatell leaving to coach at Idaho, and now assistant Brianna Chambers has gone to Niagara...

Coach Sorenson is in the final year of her 5-year contract, could it be some are apprehensive about their future at UP?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:56 am

No announcement from UP yet, but it would appear the Pilots will be making a big gain in experience in the coaching ranks with the addition of Skyler Young (Coach Sky).

Young comes to UP with plenty of successful experience, most recently two years as an assistant at Weber St, and prior to that four seasons at Bradley and three at Ohio U.

Young graduated from Western Michigan in 2005 and began his coaching career there as assistant coach for three years.

After wearing plenty of purple at Weber State, at least Coach Sky won't have to make a big wardrobe change....
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Post by up7587 on Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:24 am

confirmed on Twitter:
@PortlandPilots wrote:WBB: Pilots add Skyler Young as an Assistant Coach #GoPilots
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